Born in Vienna, Billy Wilder started out as a newspaperman, and fled to America to escape the Nazi occupation. He had already started his forays into screenwriting that would lead him to working as a writer and later director of some of the Hollywood's most famous and successful films. In this book, he talks about… Continue reading Biography of The Month: Nobody’s Perfect: Billy Wilder, A Personal Biography by Charlotte Chandler
Starring: Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, John Goodman, Helen Mirren, Louis CK, Elle Fanning Director: Jay Roach Fascinatingly tragic film about the Hollywood Blacklist and how it unfairly and unconstitutionally targeted people and ruined lives. In 1947, Dalton Trumbo (Cranston), one of Hollywoods top writers and a Communist, was blacklisted and jailed. In spite of this,… Continue reading Trumbo (2015)
Q & A with Nicolas Martin, writer of Florence Foster Jenkins from Hermione Flavia on Vimeo. Hi guys, little treat for you. I managed to catch a great short interview, Q&A style with the writer of the film Florence Foster Jenkins, starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant, and directed by Stephen Frears. It's an interesting… Continue reading Screenwriter Nicolas Martin on his new film Florence Foster Jenkins.
“Writing is both a pleasure and a struggle. There are times when it’s really aversive and unpleasant, and there are times when it’s wonderful and fun and magical, but that’s not the point. Writing is my job. I’m not a believer of waiting for the muse. You don’t put yourself in the mood to go… Continue reading
K9 was one of my favourite films when I was a kid. I was a sucker for anything with a dog in it, but it was a very funny, buddy cop film. Scott Myers, who wrote this script, as well as over 30 others for the major Hollywood studios, also writes for the Blacklist blog,… Continue reading 1, 2, 7, 14: Scott’s Myers simple method for better writing practice.
“It came down to this. I had a piece of paper in a typewriter and my finger poised to hit one key and I couldn’t do it, I didn’t want to do it all. All I wanted to do was stop. And I hit the key. And now I have a career. So that’s the… Continue reading Shane Black on Screenwriting
The nominations came out today for the Writers Guild Awards, showing a quite diverse list of contenders. The official ceremony is not until February 14th, but it's nice, personally, to see some nominations going to some of my favourites (... like True Detective in the TV categories). The nominations are listed below for the feature… Continue reading The Writers Guild Awards Nominations…
It's been a couple of funny/interesting weeks here at Wildfire. I've moved house again, and this time, for those of you who know how often I seem to move int he last few years, I've not bothered to complete the unpacking. ha ha. In other news, we are now working with the FDA to accredit… Continue reading What’s New Pussycat?
I came across this quote this morning in one of the newsletters about screenwriting that I subscribe to. I sometimes wonder if other writers are like me and have this strong need to write their feelings out in order to really see them. A lot of the time I don't realise what is bothering me,… Continue reading “I write because I don’t know what I think until I read what I say.” – Flannery O’Connor